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Stories from biology:

Alzheimers Study

BYU biologists have discovered a rare genetic variant that helps people who should get Alzheimer's remain healthy.

A newly published study by BYU researchers details how marijuana affects an adolescent brain’s reward center, at the cellular level.

We all know that a poor diet is unhealthy, but a new BYU study finds that stress may just as harmful to our bodies as a really bad diet.

Professor Belk on a boat talking to students

BYU biology students get their hands dirty with an inspiring field experience in Alaska. 


Although the topics of evolution and faith are often seen as conflicting, BYU biology professor Steven L. Peck will argue otherwise in this fall’s Summerhays Lecture, titled Evolving Faith: Putting Evolution in an LDS Context.

Byron Adams

BYU biologist Byron Adams has spent many bone-chilling months in Antarctica digging up creatures like tardigrades, nematodes and rotifers to find out how they survived the ice age. His latest work took him to the top of an Antarctic glacier.

Jewel Beetles

The Emerald Ash Borer is eating its way across America. Next stop? Utah. But not if BYU biologists can do something about it.

Water Droplets

Syntrichia caninervis (aka seriously awesome desert moss) uses tiny hair-like structures on its leaves to absorb water from the atmosphere until droplets form and flow to the leaf. And sometimes it does it upside-down.

A crowd-sourcing project of sorts that invites citizens to post sightings has helped BYU biologist Seth Bybee and other researchers pinpoint where firefly populations exist.

A study coauthored by a BYU professor and a BYU undergraduate suggests that people with a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure have a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease.